The annual Swish ‘N Dish Spring Warm-Up tipped off for its 11th installment on Friday and it once again played host to some of the top talent in the country.  With a plethora of Division 1 caliber talent on virtually every court, a number of teams and players opened eyes right off the bat with solid efforts.  Here’s a look at a few from opening night…

ILLINOIS IRISH ELITE 17-AND-UNDER
The Irish rolled past DTA behind a balanced attack and will be as tough an out as any in the 17 Platinum division at the Swish ‘N Dish because of the group from Central Illinois is balanced in terms of size and skill and they play unselfishly. 

Friday night, 6’6 wing Taylor Bruninga (Illini Bluffs) ripped three consecutive three balls to start the second half to help the Irish create some separation. Inside-out 6’7 forward Brandon McCombs (Jacksonville) then hit a pair of his own from-three point land. Max Muller, a 6’7 wing from Porta, also got in on the action from beyond the arch and finished with a team-high 13 points. McCombs had 10 points, while Bruninga and 6’4 guard Will Clausel (Newark) each had nine points. The Irish’s lead guards De’Ante Walker (5’10, United Township) and Devin Whitelow (5’9, Washington) were steady at the head of the attack on both ends of the floor. 

ALL OHIO RED SYLVESTER 16-AND-UNDER
All Ohio Red made a big statement in the 16U division by hammering a talented SYF Players team, as OSU pledge Dane Goodwin (6’5, guard, Upper Arlington) led the way by scoring 21 points in a variety of ways. 

Michigan native Foster Loyer (6’, point guard, Clarkston) was the proverbial straw that stirred the drink and showed off the floor game offensively and the defensive ability which has already earned him an offer from Michigan State. 

As a unit, All Ohio Red was tenacious defensively Friday night and shared the ball on offense. 6’6 wing Vincent Williams (Toledo St. Johns) already sports a host of MAC offers including Toledo and Akron, while 6’11 bruising center Dylan Swingle (Paint Valley) holds an offer from West Virginia.  Other standouts from Friday were 6’9 post Ross Ryan (Centerburg) and 6’ combo guard Brader Norris (Hilliard Bradley) who are both without offers but figure to attract plenty of Division I attention as the spring progresses. 

SLEEPERS
REECE STROHM – 6’7 – F – 2017 – REYNOLDSBURG (OH) – ALL OHIO RED EYBL

Strohm exhibited a smooth and compact shoot stroke out beyond the three-point arch, and buried a dagger trey to help All Ohio Red complete a big comeback against the Louisville Magic. The 6’7 wing, who led All Ohio Red with 18 points in the 66-62 victory, should attract low to mid-major Division I looks as the club season gets underway. 

AUSTIN ASH – 6’ – G – 2017 – MOUNT VERNON (IA) – IOWA BARNSTORMERS
Though Connor McCaffery (6’5, Iowa City West) and Austin Phyfe (6’9, Waverly-Shell Rock) get a lot of the headlines, it was Ash who carried the scoring load Friday with 18 points. Ash knocked down five triples in a runaway win over All-In Athletics/Y&R. 

JACK PLUMB – 6’8 – F – 2018 – BAY PORT (WI) – WI PLAYGROUND WARRIORS
Playground Warriors guards Jordan McCabe (5’11, Kaukauna) and Tyler Herro (6’3, Whitnall) have both collected mid and high Division I offers, and continued to their high-level play Friday in a big win over Chicago powerhouse Meanstreets. However, Plumb provided a strong interior presence alongside Adam Trapp (7’2, Esko (MN)). Plumb’s non-stop motor and ability to play through contact stood out Friday as he helped neutralize talented Meanstreets forward Raekwon Drake. Look for Plumb to continue to be a big factor in the Playground Warriors’ success.